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Epic Egyptian singer, film actress, Arab cultural activist.
Author Penny Slinger depicts the Arawaks' daily life, ceremonial rituals, body decorating, dream landscapes, & voyages. Sensual, mysterious & magical, Visions of the Arawaks conveys a romantic, but tangible feeling of a communal way of life among this matriarchal people so gentle they had no word for war.
"I feel a spiritual homesickness for the world of the Arawaks," she says.
"They lived in harmony with nature & honored the spirit in all things. It is not only their culture we need to uncover, but a part of ourselves."
Bakunin's death sentence is commuted to life in prison. He is handed over to the Russians & imprisoned in the dreaded dungeons, the Alexis ravelin of the Fortress of Peter & Paul in St. Petersburg.
Eight — including speakers at the meeting — are arrested. Four anarchists (August Spies, Albert Parsons, Adolph Fischer & George Engel) are subsequently hanged for murder after a show trial & another (Louis Lingg) killed himself. No evidence linking them with the bombing has ever been found & the Chief of police manufactured his own evidence. Illinois governor John P. Altgeld denounced the trial as a travesty & pardoned some (knowingly destroying his political career).
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'There will come a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are strangling to-day'
— Albert Spies
4 mai.- Premier numéro du journal de l'anarchiste Jean Grave, Les Temps Nouveaux.
May 4-14 Emma Goldman sails from Canada to Le Havre, France; she reaches Paris on May 15.
On May 18 Emma arrives back in St. Tropez in time to celebrate the anniversary of Alexander Berkman's release from prison in 1906; she finds him in better health than she expected.
In the Sants barrio 400 Guards are stripped of their weapons. Companys asks the Valencia government for aircraft to bomb the anarchist CNT's premises & barracks. The CNT-controlled artillery on Montjuich & Tibidabo is trained on the Generalidad Palace....
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1940 -- Nora Joyce informs hubby James:
"Well, Jim, I haven't read any of your books but I'll have to someday because they must be good considering how well they sell."
1941 -- US: George F. Will lives. Rightwing political analyst, columnist, baseball fanatic.
"Not all conservatives are stupid, but all stupid people are conservative."
— Night Line
1941 -- Robin Cook lives, NYC. Thriller writer (Coma, Brain).
1946 -- China: The Communist Party decides to go ahead with land reform in the regions it controls. The estates of big landowners will be confiscated & distributed to the poor peasants.
Source: [K.S. Karol]
1947 -- Australia: Peter Kocan, lives, Newcastle, would-be assassin of Arthur Calwell, Australian Labor Party leader, poet, novelist (The Cure).
1947 -- Palestine: Jewish terrorists blast open a prison in Acre, freeing 33 Jewish & 183 Arab prisoners.
1948 -- Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked & the Dead, is published.
1950 -- William Rose Benet, Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet, dies at 64, NYC.
1953 -- Visionary Aldous Huxley (age 58) takes mescaline, his first psychedelic trip. See (The Doors of Perception)
British novelist (Brave New World, Island), psychedelic pioneer Aldous Huxley dies on LSD, Hollywood. His last request is for an injection of LSD. Pacifist author of Brave New World.
ALDOUS HUXLEY, onetime PATRON SAINT 1997
Pioneer mescaline head, dystopian prophet.
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1956 -- David Guterson lives, Seattle, Washington, novelist (Snow Falling on Cedars).
1958 -- Keith Haring, artist, lives to play.
1961 -- US: "Freedom Ride" (biracial) bus trips begin throughout American South, organized by James Farmer & Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to desegregate bus terminals. Many northern civil rights activists join their southern compatriots in demonstrations for integration of public places, challenging non-compliance of 1957 & 1960 civil rights legislation. See May 14, when first bus is attacked.
1961 -- Phenomenologist/existentialist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, dies.
French existential phenomenologist, commie fellow-traveler.
The world is... the natural setting of, & field for, all my thoughts & all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not "inhabit" only "the inner man," or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the world, & only in the world does he know himself.
— Phenomenology of Perception
1963 -- US: Trained All Winter, Balking Up? Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of five balks in a baseball game.
1968 -- US: Since January of this year, 40,000 students have participated in 221 major demonstrations on 101 campuses.
1969 -- US: Going Nowhere Fast? In Seattle, Washington several thousand march in the Arboretum to protest construction of a freeway planned to follow the Lake Washington shoreline throughout Seattle. Partially built ramps remain visible today to commuters sitting in idling cars on freeways.
Despite warnings from advisers that invading Cambodia (Operation Duck Hook) would lead to domestic bloodshed, Kissinger & Nixon decided to invade to prove Nixon's toughness. Nixon was boozing heavily & repeatedly watching Patton to bolster himself. Many staffers worried he'd gone off the deep end mentally. He directed staffers to take a public hard-line posture toward critics/protesters:
"Having drawn the sword, don't take it out — stick it in hard."
One of the killed, Allison Krause, the day before her murder, was reported to have put a flower on a National Guardsman's rifle, saying that "Flowers are better than bullets."
With the Kent State killings the White House was stunned, more worried about mushrooming protest than the deaths, which many blamed on students themselves; J. Edgar Hoover advised that one of the women killed had been "sleeping around" & was "nothing more than a whore." VP Spiro Agnew fulminated about "traitors & thieves & perverts & irrational & illogical people in our midst." [Sounds like the White House. —ed.]
America's campuses exploded, finally joined in the streets by middle America, by workers, & even dissidents within the government itself.
1970 -- US: City of Chicago unveils a new monument to policemen killed in Haymarket Square.
Chicago police, with a tradition of indiscriminately shooting & killing unarmed workers & their supporters, are honored.
The statue, oddly enough, keeps getting knocked over by the citizenry.
1970 -- US: 5,000 demonstrate at College Park, Washington, DC. 450 policemen unable to disperse them, 600 National Guard sent in — to protect them, right?
1970 -- England: American Embassy in London is fire-bombed.
— Read by Ken Knabb in Berkeley, May 4, 1970
Fire spins the driveshaft of this ship, full of smooth oil & noise — blood
— Gary Snyder, excerpt "T2 Tanker Blues"
1973 -- Author Jane Bowles dies, Máalaga, Spain.
1973 -- US: First TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS) — Valerie Perrine.
1980 -- Yugoslavia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Tito dies.
1981 -- Paul Green, American novelist/playwright dies, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Well-known for perceptive portrayal of Southern blacks. He collaborated with Richard Wright in the dramatization of Native Son.
1983 -- US: House of Representatives passes (watered down) nuclear freeze. Tabled in the Senate. Like a morgue in there...
1987 -- Bluesman Paul Butterfield, 44, dies due to complications of a drug overdose.
1989 -- China: 30,000 students — apparently unaware they live in a People's Democracy — march to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, for democracy.
1989 -- US: Rightwing sweetheart Oliver North, a key figure in Ronnie Reagan's shadow government, is convicted in the Iran-Contra Affair.
Sales for some novelty toys fizzle rather than sizzle.
In the summer 1987, after Marine Lt. Col. Ollie North's testimony captivates the nation during the Iran-Contra hearings, a San Francisco couple loses $30,000 trying to market a doll based on this criminal.
By that Christmas, the couple announce plans to recover their loss by taking Ollie's head off the doll's body & replacing it with a likeness of Mikhail Gorbachev, a then popular Soviet leader.
1991 -- US: Hip Hop? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat. America wails at the thought of a President Quayle.
Quote: "I want to be Robin to Bush's Batman."
Quote: "The other day [the President] said, I know you've had some rough times, & I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity & sense of responsibility. (He paused, then said) Would you like a puppy?"
— Vice President Dan Quayle (LA Times 5/21/89), perennial wanna be
1992 -- US: Newsweek estimates 100 million people in the world are enslaved.
1993 -- Kampuchea (Cambodia): Dhammayietra, walk for peace, to Phnom Penh, begins, Siem Reap.
1996 -- US: Six arrested in New York City museum of U.S.S. Intrepid — in honor of Fr. Daniel Berrigan's 75th birthday.
Berrigan wrote in his journal that the prison blue jeans & denim shirt form "a clerical attire I highly recommend for a new church."
1998 -- Australia: High Court orders Patrick Stevedoring to rehire 1,400 fired union dock workers.
2001 -- The European Court of Human Rights rules the UK violated the rights of 12 IRA supporters British forces shot to death in Northern Ireland.
2006 -- Italy: In Luzzara, an homage to Riccardo Siliprandi is held on occasion of the 61st anniversary of the liberation (WWII). Siliprandi was an anarcosindacalista & antifascist murdered by a fascist squad in May 1921. He was part of the Luzzara anarchist group, with some 36 members. Now interred with other antifascist partisans in the Mausoleo dei partigiana Luzzaresi. Riccardo Siliprandi sindacalista anarchico assassinio labor trade unionist
2010 -- US: Rising floodwaters from the Cumberland River flood the Grand Ole Opry House with several feet of water, causing evacuations in Nashville, Tennessee.
2011 -- US: Art exhibit of Chinese dissident, Ai Weiwei, jailed by the Chinese government last month for unspecified "economic crimes," opens in New York City.
2013 -- American author Harper Lee files a lawsuit claiming that a literary agent tricked her into relinquishing the copyright on her book, To Kill a Mockingbird.
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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